Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

08 September 2019 | By William Nack | Filed in: horse-racing.

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse racing history, won the Triple Crown The only horse to ever break the two minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until recent winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing

Ruffian: Burning From the Start

12 July 2019 | By Jane Schwartz | Filed in: horse-racing.

During two short seasons at the track, Ruffian was hailed as the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time Unbeaten in her first ten starts, she shattered one record after another, dazzling crowds with both her beauty and her brilliant speed Then tragedy struck on the afternoon of July 6, 1975 Ruff

Thinking Racehorse

06 September 2019 | By Jimmy Tudeski | Filed in: horse-racing.

There are so many great stories of racehorses getting injured, then returning to the famous Grand National racecourse to win the prestigious race, yet this is no ordinary story This isn t a tale told by the owner, the jockey or even the trainer, it s the story of the horse Delivered straight from

Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning

18 April 2018 | By Dorothy Ours | Filed in: horse-racing.

n His trainer said that managing him was like holding a tiger by the tail His owner compared him to chain lightning His jockeys found their lives transformed by him, in triumphant and distressing ways All of them became caught in a battle for honesty.Born in 1917, Man o War grew from a rebell

Lord of Misrule

10 August 2019 | By Jaimy Gordon | Filed in: horse-racing.

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run down West Virginia track n nTommy Hansel has a plan run four horses, all better than they look on paper, at lon

Under Orders (Sid Halley, #4)

05 May 2019 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise than one eyebrow It s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super sleuth Sid Halley Last seen in 1995 s Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley k

Blood Sport

01 June 2017 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

English agent Gene Hawkins is restlessly facing three weeks of vacation with only his tormented past for company So when his boss asks him to help millionaire Dave Teller locate a prized missing stallion, he accepts But he gets action than he bargained for when he draws the affection of his b

Come to Grief (Sid Halley, #3)

01 March 2017 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

Sid Halley, ex champion jockey turned investigator, is facing his toughest test n nA number of horses have been brutally mutilated, horrifying their owners and the general public Even Sid s friend, broadcaster Ellis Quint, has been moved to make a shocking programme about it n nBut when Sid is asked


28 April 2019 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

Julian Trent, you have been found guilty by this court of perpetrating a violent and unprovoked attack on an innocent family, including a charge of attempted murder You have shown little or no remorse for your actions and I consider you a danger to society n nWhen defense lawyer Geoffrey Mason hea

The Horse God Built

12 August 2017 | By Lawrence Scanlan | Filed in: horse-racing.

He was the perfect horse, it was said the horse God built Most of us know the legend of Secretariat, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honors runs long and rich the only two year old ever to win Horse of the Year, in 1972 winner in 1973 of the Triple Crown, his times in

Twice Shy

15 March 2018 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

A computerized horse betting system falls into Jonathan Derry s hands and unless he returns it to the rightful owners, the odds of his survival are slim to none.

Even Money

15 April 2018 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

Ned Talbot is a small time bookmaker on the edge of giving it all up when his world is turned upside down by a man who claims to be his father, long thought dead And when the mysterious stranger is murdered, Ned feels compelled to find out exactly what is going on But the he discovers, the lo

10 lb Penalty

01 August 2019 | By Dick Francis | Filed in: horse-racing.

Benedict Juliard is an aspiring jockey who must bypass his dreams of horse racing to help his father, George, in his quest to enter the world of politics At 18, the reserved Benedict is asked by his father to enter into a pact Neither of the two will do anything that could somehow hinder or destro